Monday, August 20, 2018

Vulnerability, Losing the Plot, Subversive and Female Identity

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 A new scholar series with Brontë-related content:
British Women's Writing from Brontë to Bloomsbury, Volume 1
1840s and 1850s
Editors: Gavin, Adrienne E., de la L. Oulton, Carolyn W.
Palgrave-MacMillan
ISBN:  978-3-319-78226-3
August 2018

This five-volume series, British Women’s Writing From Brontë to Bloomsbury, 1840-1940, historically contextualizes and traces developments in women’s fiction from 1840 to 1940. Critically assessing both canonical and lesser-known British women’s writing decade by decade, it redefines the landscape of women’s authorship across a century of dynamic social and cultural change. With each of its volumes devoted to two decades, the series is wide in scope but historically sharply defined.
Volume 1: 1840s and 1850s inaugurates the series by historically and culturally contextualizing Victorian women’s writing distinctly within the 1840s and 1850s. Using a range of critical perspectives including political and literary history, feminist approaches, disability studies, and the history of reading, the volume’s 16 original essays consider such developments as the construction of a post-Romantic tradition, the politicization of the domestic sphere, and the development of crime and sensation writing. Centrally, it reassesses key mid-nineteenth-century female authors in the context in which they first published while also recovering neglected women writers who helped to shape the literary landscape of the 1840s and 1850s.
Includes the chapters:
Jane Eyre, Orphan Governess: Narrating Victorian Vulnerability and Social Change
Wagner, Tamara S.
Pages 81-95

‘I was in the condition of mind to be shocked at nothing’: Losing the Plot in Wuthering Heights
de la L. Oulton, Carolyn W.
Pages 97-110

Anne Brontë: An Unlikely Subversive
Le Veness, Kristin A.
Pages 111-122

‘There never was a mistress whose rule was milder’: Sadomasochism and Female Identity in Charlotte Brontë’s Villette
Boucher, Abigail
Pages 181-195

Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Atlantic on the popularity of writing boxes:
Like laptops today, writing boxes were common tools of working writers. Lord Byron used one, as did Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters, and Charles Dickens. (Laura R. Micchiche)
The Northern Express compiles fascinating northerners, like Sarah Shoemaker:
A few years ago, she was ready for a change in direction. Her latest book, Mr. Rochester (published by Grand Central in 2017), marks her initial foray into literary fiction. It’s also the first time she’s published under her full name.
She got the idea for the book at a Northport book circle discussion of Charlotte Brontë’s mid-19th century novel, Jane Eyre. Shoemaker noticed that for many readers, the book’s central male protagonist, the (of course) wealthy Edward Rochester, is a lout.
She understands that reaction. He courts two women at once and carefully hides the fact that his violent, mentally ill wife is locked away upstairs.
Nonetheless, Shoemaker, who considers herself a feminist, thinks there are – or should be – more positive things to say about Rochester. The problem she says, is that Brontë never satisfactorily explains the character, neither his past nor his hot/cold personality. So, based upon extensive research of the era, Shoemaker sets out to (fictionally) fill in the blanks of Rochester’s life.
“I see him differently, very positively,” Shoemaker tells Northern Express. “He’s not perfect, but he tries to do his best.”
A note discovered after publication of Mr. Rochester seems to back up that view.
Brontë writes, the “Years improve him; the effervescence of youth foamed away, what is really good in him still remains.”
Erm... the 'note discovered' comes from a letter of Charlotte Brontë to W.S. Williams (August 14, 1848) which has been known at least since 1891 (as far as we know) when it was published by E. Baumer Williams in MacMillan's Magazine 64 (1891): Some Unpublished Letters by Charlotte Brontë.

The days before the outbreak of the Second World War in The National Interest:
At the same time as Virginia Cowles was heading into London, young Lieutenant Peter Parton of the Royal Artillery was watching a late showing of Wuthering Heights at the cinema in the little Somerset port of Watchet. Halfway through the projection of the newly released film starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon, an ominous message was suddenly flashed on the screen: “All officers and soldiers return to your barracks immediately.” Parton feared that, in the British vernacular of the time, “the balloon was about to go up.” (Michael D. Hull)
infoLibre (in Spanish) describes the obsession of journalist and writer Manuel Jabois with Wuthering Heights:
 Un día un cliente se olvidó un viejo tomo de Cumbres Borrascosas. Bendito él.
  "Se dejó ese libro desencuadernado por ahí, una edición de bolsillo con una portada sospecho que horrenda", rememora el columnista del diario El País. El desgastado volumen, hecho trizas, fascinó al joven desde el primer momento como un rompecabezas que ir descifrando a cada página. Y así lo cuenta el gallego, que reconstruyó –literalmente– la trágica historia de Heathcliff y Catherine durante aquel verano: "Quizás me obsesionó tanto su lectura porque al mismo tiempo tenía que ir montando el libro. Lo leí sin saber que era tan importante; uno de esos libros que acabas y piensas: ‘caramba, este no es de Los Cinco’–lo que leía en aquella época–". (...)
Por las historias florecidas entre las frías y solitarias tierras de Yorkshire: "Se habla de la frustración, la obsesión, el amor. De esas cosas bellas y horribles con las que los clásicos configuran una mirada sobre el mundo", cuenta Jabois. Para él, ninguna de esos temas ha caducado a pesar de los años, incluso asegura que una historia parecida a la de las familias Earnshaw y Linton se está reproduciendo ahora mismo en algún lugar: "Ojalá en Magaluf", comenta. (Luis Casal) (Translation)
Diari de Girona (in Catalan) talks about Roal Dahl's Matilda:
La lectura l´alimenta i esmola el seu enginy, l´acull i li aguditza el sentit de l´humor, l´acompa­nya i la protegeix. Dickens, Brontë, Hardy, Kipling, Wells, Steinbeck, Faulkner o Orwell són alguns dels autors que s´empassa amb càndida voracitat, meravellada per la bellesa d´aquelles pàgines i corpresa pel complicitat i la veritat que troba en aquells personatges i les seves vides. (Miquel Martín i Serra) (Translation)
Tonight on Croatian Television, Jane Eyre 2006 (HRT2, 20.05). Lendo os clássicos por Luiz Ruffato (in Portuguese) posts about Jane Eyre. AnneBronte.org discusses the Anne Brontë’s Preface To The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall.
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If you are near Gdynia, Poland, looking for a place to stay, you have no kids and money to spare... look no further:
Quadrille
Design Hotel
Gdynia, Folwarczna 2 St., Poland

Alice and Wonderland motif accompanies the whole concept of Quadrille, from the name itself, which refers to the quadrille danced by the novel’s characters, through the White Rabbit Restaurant referring to Alice’s guide in the fantasy world, to 10/6 Pub – the name derived from the Mad Hatter’s Day.
Double Deluxe Room of Charlotte Brontë
Catch the spirit of a transitory nature of time in an out-of-this-world surrounding.

A cow-spotted bed framing and a row of wooden beams are not the only rustic accents of this
spacious suite. Openwork hanging lamps and an old chest type handles remind of an elegant forest lodge surrounded by old trees and silence, disturbed only by a sound of a stream.

Double Deluxe Room of Emily Brontë
Enter a sensual world of moors, gales and feel the unpredictable nature of human fates.

A cow-spotted bed framing and a row of wooden beams are not the only rustic accents of this spacious suite. A humorous accent is made by the wallpaper with a pear-breeding willow which introduces an unrestrained idyllic atmosphere.
(Via Trojmiasto)

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Brontë Parsonage Museum news and updates in Keighley News Chapter & Verse:
We’re still coming back down to earth following our Emily celebrations, which spanned four days and featured seven events, 600 ticketholders, a walk, a film premiere, a couple of storms and a grand piano!
It was a great way to mark the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë’s birth, and we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of you who came along to celebrate with us, and to all the staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make it happen.
We’re looking ahead now to our upcoming Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing, which will take place on 22 and 23. This is our eighth festival, and we’ve got four writing workshops and a poetry launch lined up for you!
All of the workshops will take place at Ponden Hall, near Stanbury, a beautiful and atmospheric building with its own wonderful Brontë links. We’re looking into the nuts and bolts of writing in various genres, and have lined up an amazing selection of expert workshop leaders to guide you through.
On the morning of the Saturday, Frances Brody will lead a workshop on “Turning to Crime” – exploring the different approaches to writing a crime novel and jam-packed with practical advice. Frances Brody is the award-winning author behind the popular Kate Shackleton murder mystery series, which is set in 1920s Yorkshire.
Later that same day, journalist and author Marisa Bate, columnist and opinion-writer for award-winning website for women, The Pool, will teach participants how to “Write Online”. If you’ve ever wondered how to find the right tone and style when producing online content – for a blog, a newsletter or any sort of online platform – this is the workshop for you!
You’ll learn the differences between writing online and print content and how to formulate an original opinion in a sea of loud and ranty views – this is the perfect workshop for anyone with aspirations to write online.
From 7.30pm on the Saturday, our writer-in-residence Patience Agbabi will read from the work she has created during her time at the museum. Patience is one of Britain’s most prominent spoken word poets and, having heard a small preview of her new work over Emily’s birthday weekend, I can confidently say that this is an event not to be missed!
The workshops continue on the Sunday as creative writing tutor and Sunday Times bestselling author Emma Darwin hosts two sessions, one on self-editing – “Make Your Story Shine” – and another on “Writing Historical Fiction”.
Emma will use her expert knowledge to guide participants through tackling that crucial second draft between 10am-12.30pm, and then, in the afternoon, aspiring historical writers will explore the business of finding, imagining and writing stories set in the past.
This year’s Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing is sure to be another jam-packed celebration showcasing and celebrating women’sw riting, and if you’d like more information about any of the events mentioned above, or to book tickets, just visit bronte.org.uk/whats-on or call 01535 640192. (Lauren Livesey)
Marina Saegerman posts about Emily Brontë's bicentenary and reviews enthusiastically Emily Brontë Reappraised - A view from the twenty-first century by Claire O’Calloghan on the Brussels Brontë Blog.

Broadway World gives details of next month's performances of Jane Eyre in Seattle:
Book-It Repertory Theatre will open its 2018-2019 season with Jane Eyre. Called the 'first historian of the private consciousness', author Charlotte Brontë explores classism, personal agency, and feminine spirituality in this Gothic mystery. Julie Beckman adapted and directed Jane Eyre for Book-It in 1999 and is directing the 2018 production.
"Considered by many to be the first feminist novel, Jane Eyre tells the story of a marginalized young woman, a 'poor orphan child' who rises above the trauma of her youth and the limitations of her situation to achieve self-fulfillment and love. Jane is not defined by the men in her world, nor does she accept the limiting doctrines and social norms of her day-many of which are still in place. Her passion, intelligence, capacity for self-examination, and independent spirit make her a role model, even today," says Beckman.
The pain and chaos of alcoholism on fiction as listed by The Literary Hub:
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
Probably the least-known work of the Brontë sisters, by the least-known sister, Anne’s second and last novel was published to great success in 1848. Its subject-matter at the time was so shocking that one reviewer declared it “utterly unfit to be put into the hands of girls.” The novel is vast but primarily tells the story of Helen, whose husband is abusive and dissipated, and the landscape is populated with various forms of alcoholic men. Helen ultimately escapes her marriage and pretends to be a widow, earning a living as an artist to care for herself and her young son. The book’s most shocking moments are the ones which depict Arthur’s abusive attempts to get the young child drunk, seemingly to spite and hurt his wife, and it’s clear from the narrative that Brontë had a lot of first-hand experience in dealing with and subduing drunk men. The book was so upsetting to her sister Charlotte that, after Anne’s death she passed on the chance to have it reprinted, and the book was neglected for a really long time. Today it is widely considered to be a landmark in early feminist literature, but its frank depictions of addiction within marriage are just as deserving of acclaim. (Laura June)
Forbes reviews the film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society:
In 1946, author Juliet Ashton (Lily James) is on tour promoting her latest book, which she penned under the pseudonym Izzy Bickerstaff. Immediately, we catch her strained smile as she presents herself in a bookshop. Juliet mentions she previously wrote a critical biography of Anne Brontë that was a commercial dud. (Travis DeShong)
The Yorkshire Evening Post visits a pub in Roberttown, Liversedge:
Oh, and the Brontës have a connection. Charlotte Brontë taught at Roe Head just across the border in Mirfield, and there’s the Luddites, of course, which brings us to The Star.
Los Angeles Times reviews The Shakespeare Requirement by Julie Schumacher:
To fight such a monster, Fitger needs his department to rally around him. Unfortunately, unanimity is as rare in the English department as it is on sports talk radio. Schumacher surrounds Fitger with a troupe of zany colleagues, including a post-colonial theorist with “a view of the classics that stank of disdain,” a Victorianist who dresses like a Brontë sister, and an ancient, hidebound Shakespearean who refuses to vote yea without an explicit Shakespeare requirement. (Paul Gleason)
The Pensive Quill reviews the documentary I, Dolours:
The whole scene, including an aerial shot of Dolours shaking as she brings the tray up a flight of stairs, puts the viewer in mind of Bertha Mason, the mad woman who lived in the attic in Jane Eyre. (Christopher Owens)
The author Simone Meier talks about her 'lesbian' life in Tages Anzeiger (Switzerland):
Restlos jedes der 5000 Bücher, die ich als Teenie gelesen hatte, beschränkte die Liebe auf etwas zwischen Mann und Frau. Nein, halt! In «Jane Eyre» von Charlotte Brontë gab es diese eine Szene, in der Jane sich im Waisenhaus zu ihrer typhuskranken Freundin Helen ins Bett legt, und die beiden reden miteinander, als wären sie ein Paar.
Als Jane am nächsten Morgen erwacht, ist Helen tot. (Translation)
El Universal (Colombia) mentions Emily Brontë in an interview with the poet Dagoberto Rodríguez; Books and Culture Fix posts about Charlotte Brontë visits to Derbyshire;
A new Italian translation:
Cime tempestose
Emily Brontë
Translated by Marta Barone
I Classici Bompiani
ISBN: 9788845297397

Nella brughiera dello Yorkshire i contrasti tra gli abitanti di un'agiata dimora a fondo valle e quelli di una fattoria su un colle si abbattono con forza distruttiva sulle vite di Heathcliff e di Catherine. Gelosie, desideri di vendetta e passioni raccontati con abilità e realismo. Capolavoro della letteratura inglese, pubblicato nel 1847, e unico romanzo di Emily Brontë, ''Cime tempestose'' è un viaggio nei meandri di una tumultuosa, distruttiva passione impossibile. Una vicenda corale che unisce tratti romantici e toni gotici: una tappa irrinunciabile nella formazione letteraria e sentimentale di chiunque.
First seen on The Sisters' Room.

A Norwegian one:
Stormfulle høgder
Emily Brontë
Translated by Ragnar Hovland
Skald
ISBN: 9788279592778

«Stormfulle høgder» (1847) er den einaste romanen skriven av poeten Emily Brontë. Verket vart gitt ut under pseudonymet Ellis Bell, og først etter Brontës død i 1848, vart boka publisert under hennar eige namn. Romanen er ein av dei mest lesne engelske klassikarane og vert sett på som eit av deistørste verka i verdslitteraturen. Den mørke og dystre kjærleikshistoria frå den nordengelske landsbygda som dreier seg om Catherine og den vondsinna protagonisten Heathcliff, sjokkerte ikkje minst fordi Brontë brøyt med dei moralske førestillingane i samtida. Dette skapte negativ merksemd då verket først kom ut, men etterkvart fekk romanen klassikarstatus blant dei ypparste verka frå 1800-talets litteratur, og Emily Brontë blei utnemnt som oppfinnar av den kvinnelege gotikken. At det vert nettopp den uhøvla utkantskildraren Ragnar Hovland som omset skildringa av dei «vondskapsfulle» og «uhøvla barbarane» (som kritikarane kalte dei) frå den engelske landsbygda, gir denne nyomsetjinga ein ekstra dimensjon. «Stormfulle høgder» har hatt stor påverknad på seinare litteratur og populærkultur, har blitt dramatisert og filmatisert. I dag er historia ikkje minst kjend frå Kate Bushs song «Wuthering Heights». SKALDs klassikarar er ein serie av vellagra, handplukka verk i ny, frisk og nynorsk språkdrakt som skal gi leseglede til folket.
And a... North-East Scots translation:

Jean Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë
Translated  by Sheena Blackhall and Sheila Templeton
Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett and E. M. Wimperis.
Evertype, 2018.
ISBN 978-1-78201-215-3 Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett and E. M. Wimperis.

This weel-kent camin-o-age novel howks inno the feelins an ongauns o a young wumman, frae her wersh an coorse bairnhood, frae her growin intae adulthood an her brierin luve fur Mr. Rochester, the maister o Thornfield Haa. In its screivin o the inbye thochts o action—the spotlicht is on the slaw unfauldin o Jean's ethical an itherwardly awaurness, an aa the happenins are peintit wi a heichtened pouer that wis aince the warld o poetry—Jean Eyre transmogrifeed the airt o screivin. Charlotte Brontë his bin caaed the “first historian o the intimmers o thocht” an the literar forebear o screivers like Marcel Proust an James Joyce. The novel hauds swatches o social critique, wi a strang feelin o Christian vertue at its mids, an is thocht bi mony tae be aheid o its time gien the unique natur o Jean an the novel’s dellin intae classicism, sexuality, reeligion, an proto-feminism.
First seen on Jane Eyre's Library.

Friday, August 17, 2018

The enduring enigma of Wuthering Heights in DNA (India):
"Whatever our souls are made out of, his and mine are the same." It is her 200 years, Emily Brontë is in the news, and the current commentaries on her lone novel Wuthering Heights, continue to alternately occupy the two distinct poles of adulation and condemnation. While there are some who feel there is inexplicable magic to the book, perhaps embodied by the wild play of passion played out in the rocky landscape of the Yorkshire moors, embedded with elements of gothic, the detractors describe the book as unreadable. However, the chorus on the other end claims, with equal vehemence, that having been anointed a classic along the way, this story of impossible love holds a strange power.
Where, then, does the book get its power? (Sakoon Singh) (Read more)
The Business Desk interviews Jonathan Oxley, managing partner of Lupton Fawcett:
Rachel Covill: First experience of Yorkshire (for non-Yorkshire folk).
J.O.: Probably at and around the Brontë Parsonage at Haworth. Almost everyone will have read Wuthering Heights and you can’t fully appreciate it unless you’ve been there.
Flare speculates on the Greta Gerwig Little Women project:
British actor James Norton has also been cast alongside Chalamet and the powerhouse ladies, but no word yet on his role. Perhaps as the broody and Heathcliff-esque Professor Friedrich Bhaer? (Katherine Singh)
Pleno News (Brazil) reviews the novel Tudo o que mais importa by Naira Aimee:
Tudo o que mais Importa é um romance de época cristão. Então, durante a leitura temos lindas reflexões sobre fé, amor e esperança. A história também é linda e emocionante. A escrita da Naiara lembra muito os romances clássicos da Jane Austen e das irmãs Brontë, o que nos faz aproveitar ainda mais a leitura. (Ellen Barboza) (Translation)
Carta Maior (Brazil) compares the local political situation with Heathcliff's story... with a blunder for free:
Por vezes pensei em comparar estes protagonistas soturnos de nossa tragicomédia política a Heathcliff, o sombriopersonagem de “O morro dos ventos uivantes”, de Charlotte Brönte (double sic). Heathcliff se sente um pobre deserdado (e, no caso, é) do destino e procura compensar esta carência investindo brutalmente contra aqueles que, desde o andar de cima da sociedade, pressionaram para que ele ficasse embaixo. Há algo de semelhante com O Conde de Monte Cristo, de Dumas, Pai, analisado em brilhante ensaio de Antonio Candido: “Monte Cristo, ou da vingança”. Mas não: além de faltar-lhes qualquer sentido de grandeza, característico do Heathcliff e de Monte Cristo, eles são meras paródias aguadas destes personagens, pois sua vingança é dirigida contra “os de baixo” (como dizia Florestan Fernandes) e aquele que ousou ungir estes ao portal dos aeroportos, dos shopings centers, e pior, das universidades. (Flávio Agiar) (Translation)
The history of the novel on Sannicandro (Italy):
Con l'800, e l'arrivo delle tematiche sentimentali e naturalistiche del Romanticismo, eros non è più gioioso, leggero, intellettualmente stimolante legame. Qundo, non è quello per la patria perduta, esaltato dalle tensioni risorgimentali, è passione dolorosa, vendetta, voglia esacerbata di riscatto sociale, addirittura odio, tutto portato ad una tensione emotiva estrema, quasi da romanzo gotico, come nel capolavoro di E. Brontë "Wunthering Heights" (sic) o amore disperato che porta all'annientamento di sé (I dolori del giovane  Werther di Goethe). (Concetta Melchionda) (Translation)
College Times adds Jane Eyre to a list of books for 'when you want to feel classy'. Esquire and The Cut feel already (a bit too much) classy talking about Loewe's luxury classics set which includes Wuthering Heights. A paper tiger's tale reviews Brightly Burning.
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A dance performance in Columbus, OH with Brontë connections:
Shadowbox Live presents
Desire
Select Wednesdays & Thursdays
7:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Aug. 16, Aug. 22-23, Sept. 5-6, Sept. 12-13, Sept. 19-20, Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3-4, Oct. 17-18, Oct. 24-25, Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 7-8; and 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 4

In an unexpected, late night encounter on a college ca
mpus, two English professors match wits in a discussion about literature’s greatest lovers, from Romeo + Juliet to Gomez + Morticia Addams.  As their conversation analyzes the mechanics of love, walls crumble and a connection blossoms.  But will fiction become fact for these two academics?
Jimmy Mak’s intimate script weaves through Katy Psenicka’s kinetic translation of our favorite stories of love, lust, devotion, and passion, with music from artists like Seal, Muse, Sade, Coldplay, and Nine Inch Nails.
Desire celebrates the joy, pain, and power of love.
The Columbus Dispatch gives the details:
Summit Starr sings persuasively of “Madness” in an ode to the extreme delayed gratification of Catherine (Amy Lay) and Heathcliff (Walker) in “Wuthering Heights,” in an excerpt from “Madness and Lust,” Shadowbox Live’s full-length dance-theater piece inspired by Emily Brontë’s novel. (Michael Grossberg)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Keighley News talks about the upcoming Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing in September:
The Brontë Parsonage Museum is organising the event with a host of workshops, discussions and readings.
A spokesman said the festival, now in its eighth year, was dedicated to both showcasing and celebrating women’s writing.
She said: “Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë were pioneering women writers and continue to inspire contemporary literature in limitless ways.”
The weekend will begin on the Saturday from 10am to 1pm with a crime-writing workshop at Ponden Hall near Stanbury.
Radio, TV and stage playwright Frances Brody will explore the different approaches to writing a crime novel, and offer practical advice on creating characters, shaping plots and finding the right setting.
The spokesman said: “There will be writing exercises to stretch your imagination and sharpen your approach to rewriting, and useful tips range from developing your idea to finding an agent.”
Frances Brody is the award-winning author of three popular murder-mysteries set in 1920s Yorkshire featuring First World War widow turned detective Kate Shackleton.
Also at Ponden Hall, journalist, author and speaker Marisa Bate will lead a workshop entitled Write Online on the Saturday from 2pm to 4.30pm.
Marisa will base the session on skills learned from building and shaping The Pool, and award-winning online platform dedicated to creating inspiring and original content for busy women.
There will be tips about writing opinion and comment on current affairs, the differences between writing online and for print, and finding the right tone and style to engage with readers. (...)
The headline event on the Saturday will be readings by renowned poet Patience Agbabi, who will showcase work she has created during her residency at the Bronte Parsonage Museum.
The spokesman said: “Patience is one Britain’s most prominent spoken word poets and her electric performances mean that this will be a very special evening not to be missed!”
On the Sunday morning, Ponden Hall will host a workshop on self-editing, led by Emma Darwin and entitled Make Your Story Shine.
The spokesman said: “This practical workshop will think about structure and scene-building, then close-in to think about characterisation, voice, and finally the close-up focus that makes every word
count.
“Participants will develop a clearer idea of how to tackle that crucial second draft, and a bagful of tools to work with.”
Emma Darwin’s debut The Mathematics of Love is believed to be the only novel nominated for both Commonwealth Writers’ Best First Book, and RNA Novel of the Year awards.
Her second novel, A Secret Alchemy, was a Sunday Times Bestseller, and her first non-fiction book was Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction.
Emma has taught creative writing in many places including the Open University, and her blog This Itch of Writing is used by courses and editors around the world.
In the afternoon Emma will lead another workshop, Writing Historical Fiction, again at Ponden Hall, exploring the business of finding, imagining and writing stories set in the past. (David Knights)
The uncertain future of the Black Bull in Haworth in discussed in Keighley News:
The Black Bull shut on Monday August 6, but the pub’s owners say they are now working on finding a new licensee to take over and reopen the premises as soon as possible.
The prominent pub, which appears in many professional photographs and paintings of this part of the village, was a regular haunt of Branwell Brontë.
It is owned by Ei Group plc – formerly known as Enterprise Inns – which has confirmed the closure.
A spokesman for the firm said: “We’re working hard to find a new licensee to take on the pub on a five-year tenancy, which is the standard period for us.
“But it is possible that we will get a short term tenant in there to keep the doors open.” (...)
Commenting on the business, the regional manager for Ei Group said: “The Black Bull enjoys a loyal local trade within Haworth.
“It also benefits from being a tourist destination for anyone interested in the Brontës, as the family lived in the parsonage behind the pub.
“The family’s wayward son, Branwell Brontë, regularly frequented the Black Bull and allegedly his ghost, among others, is still around.
“An experienced publican with good ambition and drive is required here. (...)
Worth Valley ward councillor Rebecca Poulsen said: “With its Brontë connection and also because of its location the pub is a key historical point in the village.
“It does have competition in that part of Haworth but it has a unique selling point.
“The last thing we’d want is to see it all boarded up and closed down, that would be absolutely dreadful. (Miran Rahman)
BDaily News and Business Up North talk about the works at York Mills in Mirfield:
Huddersfield brand consultancy The Engine Room is making progress on a six-figure scheme to turn a 19th-century mill and former piggery into its new HQ.
The company secured £20k funding from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s Business Growth Programme to support a £100k-plus refurb of the complex, which is now halfway complete.
The site will serve as a 4,000 sq ft creative hub in the centre of Mirfield.
Engine Room bought York Mills in January last year for £250k. It was once owned by the Ingham family, who employed novelist and poet Anne Brontë as a governess. (Richard Bell)
Salt Lake Magazine recommends My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows:
You think you know Jane Eyre. Think again.
Salt Lake-based author Brodi Ashton has teamed up with Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows to write My Plain Jane, the second in their Lady Janies series and the follow-up to their New York Times best-seller, My Lady Jane.
Yes, there’s a theme of Janes in the books—and that’s not an accident. The authors started with the idea to humorously retell the story of Lady Jane Grey —Queen of England for nine short days—and from there decided there were more stories of Janes who had been done in by the patriarchy to tell.
That brings us to Jane Eyre. The authors want us to ask the following questions: What if Jane Eyre was real and not a fictional character? What if instead of a character created by, she was instead friends with, Charlotte Brontë? What if there were secret societies and madcap hi-jinx and, yes, even ghosts? And, perhaps most importantly: What is Mr. Rochester’s deal, anyway?
While technically a young adult novel, this one is good for all ages. It’s all told with laugh aloud witticism and a hearty tip-of-the-hat to the source material. But this Eyre’s got supernatural elements and maybe, even, a happier ending than even Charlotte Brontë could imagine.
Reader's Digest lists the novels at PBS's Great American Read:
Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, first published under the pseudonym Currer Bell in 1847, tells the classic tale of a young orphaned governess who falls in love with the master of Thornfield Hall, Mr. Rochester. Love isn’t without its complications, though; for starters, the eponymous “mad woman in the attic” will need to be sorted out. (...)
Wuthering Heights. Emily Brontë’s classic Gothic novel is a love story set in the wild moors of England’s Yorkshire about Heathcliff, an orphan taken in by the wealthy Mr. Earnshaw. Catherine and Heathcliff fall in love and struggle through a tempestuous relationship. Brontë died just one year after her only novel was published, in 1848. (Rachel Aydt)
Rhino Times mentions The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (the movie):
The movie takes place in the aftermath of World War II. Lily James plays Juliet Ashton, a successful writer of nonfiction books and articles. Her biography of Anne Brontë sold fewer than a hundred copies – worldwide. But her publisher (and good friend), Sidney Stark (Matthew Goode) believes in her. He tries to get her to visit all sorts of bookstores and important literary societies to promote her newest book. (Orson Scott Card)
The actress Betty Gilpin on Decider:
“I’m at like a weird actor level where there are fleeting moments of feeling like a ‘Mariah Carey sultan’ when Netflix buys you a first class ticket,” Gilpin jokes. “Mostly it’s still self-taping for ‘Farts 2‘ on my bathroom floor, so I definitely haven’t entered the ‘sitting by the pool reading scripts for Wuthering Heights’ territory. So I definitely feel grounded in reality.” (Meghan O'Keefe)
Standout Books on beginning a book not at the beginning:
Likewise, there are plenty of stories, like Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, that use clever tricks to skip uneventful middles, and some, like Garth Ennis’ Battlefields, that assume a setting like WWII brings enough knowledge with it to make a ‘beginning’ pointless. (Robert Wood)
PaperMagazine, OUT Magazine and i-D Vice are seduced by the Loewe Classics Set which includes Wuthering Heights. TravelBlog visits the KWVR railway and tries, with effort, the Sunday roast dinner in Haworth.
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Two books by Paul Chrystal with lots of Brontë connections:

Yorkshire Literary Landscapes
by Paul Chrystal
Destinworld Publishing Ltd (28 Feb. 2018)
ISBN-13: 978-1999717575

Yorkshire Literary Landscapes celebrates the lives and works of writers and authors who have been influenced by the towns and countryside of Yorkshire.
Many of these authors were born and lived in the county, and Yorkshire informed their work; others visited to research novels which were set there. In either case, the individual landscapes had a profound influence on the writing of these authors, which is evident in their work.
Authors such as the Brontës, Alan Bennett, Ted Hughes, J. B. Priestley, Susan Hill, Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, James Herriot and Elizabeth Gaskell would all find fascinating insight and inspiration from the urban and rural landscapes of Yorkshire, as well as its history and people.
This book, by renowned Yorkshire writer and historian Paul Chrystal, looks at the lives and works of these authors and many more, describing the Yorkshire landscapes and locations which coloured and influenced their writing and characters, and which can still be visited today.
Includes historic photographs and illustrations.
Perfect for anyone with a love of Yorkshire's history and its varied landscape, whether a tourist or resident in the county.

Haworth Timelines
by Paul Chrystal
Destinworld Publishing Ltd (28 Jun. 2018)
ISBN-13: 978-1999717513

Step back to the time of the Brontë sisters and see what life was like in the Yorkshire village of Haworth in this new local history book.
This book is sure to fascinate anyone with an interest in Haworth, the Brontës and their time living there.
At that time, Haworth was a thriving industrial town in the unlikely rural position among the Yorkshire Dales and hills near Bradford. Whilst still an agricultural community, the town now enjoys tourism and the outdoor life.
This book, by renowned Yorkshire writer and historian Paul Chrystal, looks at the history of Haworth from its early days, through to the present. It uses archive photographs and images to show what the streets, houses and people looked like in different time periods, including the various locations associated with the Brontës.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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The Eyre Guide posts about 'Rochester, Bertha and passion'. AnneBronte.org vindicates 'the kind' William Weightman.

The Great American Read results so far:
PBS has revealed the top 40 titles leading the vote for Best Loved Novel (listed alphabetically and not by vote total). Listed among the most popular titles so far are 1984, Atlas Shrugged, The Color Purple, The Handmaid’s Tale, Little Women, Lonesome Dove, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Wuthering Heights. (Calvin Reid in Publishers Weekly)
Film School Rejects reviews the 1993 film version of The Secret Garden:
It’s also striking just how many grown-up topics The Secret Garden touches on. There’s class antagonism galore, and it’s rich in subtle imagery and nuance, drawing inspiration not from children’s stories but from the books and films that usually fill adult shelves. There’s that same air of menace from the landscape here that there is in Wuthering Heights; both films are set in Yorkshire, an austere and unyielding region of England that has long been associated with gothic horror. There is, too, a shadowy echo of Brontë-esque romantic jealousy in Mary, Dickon (Andrew Knott) and Colin’s uneven friendship. (Farah Cheded)
The Mary Sue gives away a pack of three books, including Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne:
 a science fiction romance that reimagines Jane Eyre in space, just as Charlotte Brontë would have wanted. (Kaila Hale-Stern)
GQ Magazine talks about graphic novels like Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant:
She takes on Batman, Jane Eyre, Queen Elizabeth I and Macbeth, not just examining their real or fictional lives and times, but holding a mirror to how men have always viewed women through the ages. It makes for a kind of history lesson that more children ought to be exposed to. (Lindsay Pereira)
A brooding Brontë mention in The Sydney Morning Herald:
He was tall, smart and brooding in the way that anyone who likes Emily Brontë could appreciate. (Virgie Tovar
The Yorkshire Post makes a case for a South Pennines regional park:
The dramatic landscape here has inspired countless writers and artists down the years from Ted Hughes and the Brontës to, more recently, Ben Myers and Ashley Jackson. (Chris Bond)
Living like a local in Leeds on Lonely Planet:
When I want to get out of the city… I drive to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, set on the type of 18th-century country estate that would have inspired the local Brontë sisters, about a 30-minute trip south of Leeds. (Lorna Parkes)
Dagsavisen (Norway) recommends a new translation of Wuthering Heights:
Emily Brontë
«Stormfulle høgder»
Oversatt av Ragnar Hovland
Skald
Skald forlag fortsetter sin lekkert formgitte serie klassikere oversatt til nynorsk. Det blir spennende å se hva humoristen Hovland planlegger for den ukristelig kristne tjeneren Josephs yorkshiredialekt. (Gerd Elin Stava Sandve) (Translation)
Donne sul Web (Italy) quotes Emily Brontë's poem 'A Little While':
Emily Brontë
“L’uccello muto che siede sulla pietra, | l’umido muschio che gocciola dal muro, | gli sparsi viottoli invasi dalle erbacce, | sono il mio amore – oh, quanto li amo!”
Beh, non potevamo che mettere una poesia nel caso della Brontë, che lasciò al mondo pochi, indimenticabili versi e un unico romanzo, “Cime tempestose”, morendo a soli 30 anni. (M P) (Translation)
A Wuthering Heights mention on watson (Germany):
In Emily Brontës «Sturmhöhe» verzehren sich die reiche Catherine und der arme Heathcliff so heftig nacheinander, bis Gewalt und Tod sie auf immer scheiden. (Simone Meier) (Translation
Vogue recommends (surprise, surprise) the Loewe edition of Wuthering Heights.
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A new edition of Wuthering Heights and a study on the novel:

Legend Classics presents a cover by Anna Morrison:
Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
Legend Press. Legend Classics
ISBN: 978-1787198487
June 2018

Catherine Earnshaw had no idea that the boy her father took in from the streets of Liverpool would one day become her lover, her soul mate. Nor did she know that her decision to marry someone else would send him down the path of destruction.
Once a novel criticised for its display of mental and physical cruelty, Wuthering Heights is now a considered a 19th-century classic. It’s themes of gender inequality and violence driven by passion still resonate with readers today.
The Bookseller interviews Legend Press' managing director Tom Chalmers:
Francesca Pymm: How important was the overall design? Is the abstract style significant?
T.C.: The cover design was vital for the series and designer Anna Morrison has done a fantastic job. We wanted to get across the value of a book that takes the reader on a fantastic journey and then also stays with them for a lifetime. Each reader’s experience is different with a great book and we wanted that represented by the original abstract design. We also wanted to them to look fantastic together or individually on any reader’s bookshelves, demonstrating the great value of the best books.
This is a recent pragmastylistic study of the novel:
Speech is Personality: A Pragmastylistic study of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights 
by Dr Nasser Ali Ahmed Ammar
ISBN-13: 978-1980909927
Independently Published, 2018

Speech is Personality is a pragmastylistic analysis of the speech of the two main characters in Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, namely Heathcliff and Mr Lockwood. The author believes that speech is a key to understand one’s personality. The advantage of this approach of analysis is that characters are not evaluated impressionistically, but according to their choices of words and structures. These choices are determined by one’s upbringing and education. In addition, they reveal one’s feelings and temperament. In a nutshell, conducting a character analysis based on concrete and tangible pieces of evidence supported by statistics will actually yield convincing and unbiased characterisation, which is an essential part of performing a literary appreciation of literary works.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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The Guardian's Poem of the week is R Alcona to J Brenzaida (aka Cold in the earth) by Emily Brontë:
Reading R Alcona to J Benzaida out of context, without the fantasy or juvenilia labels, was a corrective to my prejudice. As the commentator says here, the imaginary setting allowed Emily to express herself through different personae. None of the poems reads as an exercise in pastiche or “fake” fantasy verse. The current poem is dated 3 March 1845. Twenty-seven was not too young for a Romantic poet steeped in the literature of her time (Byron, Shelley, Scott) to have acquired mature imaginative power and a mastery of technique. She may have begun the Gondal poems earlier and revised them over time. She’s writing partly from imagined experience, of course, but might those metaphors of weaning and deep-drinking towards the close indicate a personal experience of grief, the early loss of her mother? (...)
Emily Brontë’s romanticism had a hard-edged intelligence. It’s not surprising she was admired by Emily Dickinson – the greater poet, but one whose footsteps cross those of the English Emily at times. Both women were intense but pragmatic painters of the unaccommodating Earth.
This year marks 200 years since Emily Brontë’s birth. She was born on 30 July 1818, and I hope it’s not too late to wish her poems many happy new readers and returns. (Carol Rumens)
Apollo Magazine reviews the short film Balls by Lily Cole:
‘But where did he come from, the little dark thing?’ In Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff is a foundling, picked up – so the story goes – off the docks in Liverpool. Taken in by the Earnshaw family, he grows up on the Moors, volatile and solitary, a shade darker than everyone else. The great romance of his character stems from his lack of origin. Is he a monster, or the residue of events in an unknown past?
In Balls, a short film on display at the Foundling Museum, model-turned-filmmaker Lily Cole imagines Heathcliff’s beginning by intertwining his story with those of two young women who gave up their babies to the Foundling Hospital in the 19th century. The film, commissioned (in collaboration with the Brontë Parsonage Museum and Rapid Response Unit) to mark the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë’s birth, is set in present-day Liverpool. (...)
In her sensitive handling of these archival stories, and by staging them in a contemporary setting, Cole juxtaposes past with present, asking her viewers to consider the progress of women’s rights in the last 200 years – and to recognise the distance still to go. Society still polices women’s bodies: in Northern Ireland, for example, women still do not have the right to decide not to be pregnant; to a lesser extent, though clearly retrogressive, a male member of the Brontë Society, which runs the museum, resigned in protest against Cole’s appointment as a ‘creative partner’, citing his opposition to her work as a model. (Harriet Baker)
iNews talks about the temporary return of the Pillar Portrait to the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
The NPG has already returned the only known surviving portrait of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë together to its original home at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth.
The painting is on display as part of the celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë’s birth.
Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, said: “We hope that sending portraits ‘home’ in this way will foster a sense of pride and create a personal connection for local communities to a bigger national history; thus helping us to fulfil our aim of being truly a national gallery for everyone, in our role as the nation’s family album.” (Adam Sherwin)
Fairfax County takes part in The Great American Read and also
want[s] you to vote in a series of polls from the same list to determine Fairfax County’s favorite book.
Jane Eyre vs The Count of Montecristo and Wuthering Heights vs Their Eyes Were Watching God are now competing.

El País (Spain) interviews the writer Jessa Crispin:
A los 15 años, la escritora Jessa Crispin (EE.UU., 1978) ya había experimentado el placer y el dolor de la autolesión, se había nutrido de las hermanas Brontë y había leído todo lo que había caído en sus manos. (Almudena  ) (Translation)
Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany) reviews the novel Lykkelige familier by Christina Hesselholdt:
Eine klare Geschichte ergibt sich nicht daraus, es handelt sich eher um eine talking cure in der Gruppe. Die Figuren sind in ihren Vierzigern, schon von Krankheiten und dem Tod der Eltern betroffen. In Kopenhagen lebende Intellektuelle, die in den Ferien durch England reisen, um die Häuser von Wordsworth und seiner Schwester Dorothy, der Brontë-Schwestern, von Virginia Woolf und Sylvia Plath zu besuchen. (Marie Schmidt) (Translation) 
Altinget (Denmark) defends the humanities studies:
At møde jævnaldrende, der gladelig brugte en hel nat på værtshus med at diskutere, hvorvidt det gav mening af foretage en marxistisk analyse af Wuthering Heights, eller om Madame Bovary egentlig ikke først og fremmest var en fortælling om kedsomhed, og dermed også i sig selv kedelig. (Johanne Thorup Dalgaard) (Translation)
Marie-Luce reviews Wuthering Heights 1939.
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An exhibition in Harrogate contains some paintings inspired by Brontë country:
Great Yorkshire Art 
23 June to 16 September 2018
Mercer Gallery in Harrogate
Includes:
The Waterfall Walk by the Brontë Bridge
by Jake Attree
Further information on Darlington & Stockton Times.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Keeping Up with the Penguins reviews Jane EyreAnneBrontë.org posts about Martha and John Brown as Brontë servants and eventually friends. Girl with her Head in a Book ponders on what the sisters would think of Haworth and the Brontë industry today.

Korea JoongAng Daily quotes Emily Brontë's poem The Old Stoic:
When I heard this, I shuddered. Emily Bronte wrote, “And give me liberty! Yes, as my swift days near their goal; ’Tis all that I implore; In life and death a chainless soul, With courage to endure.” When people leave the restrictions of reality and the human body, we wish the soul to be free and independent. (Moon So-Young
Mirage News interviews Stephanie Watson, clinician-researcher and innovator:
Who’s your favourite female fictitious character and why?It has to be Jane Eyre, for the enormous impact that book had on my 12-year-old self. She was a person with strong convictions who didn’t accept the way things were and (within the constraints of the time) she found her own path to happiness.
Den of Geek! reviews the film adaptation of The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society:
Set primarily in 1946, The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society follows James’ Juliet Ashton, a fairly successful writer, especially as a woman in her time period. Nevertheless, she is creatively and intellectually stymied: During the Blitzkrieg she lost her parents, and after her attempts at serious literature with a biography on Anne Brontë prove non-lucrative, she’s succeeded with sardonic essays... written under a man’s nom de plume. (David Crow)
News18 (India) on the death of VS Naipaul:
I was introduced to Naipaul as part of a literature course. At that point of time, my idea of literature and literary classics was Dickens, Austen, and Brontë. At the most, I could stretch my knowledge of literature outside the classical norm to RK Narayan and Amar Chitra Katha. (Rujita Das)
The Spanish edition of the New York Times talks about Rodrigo Fresán, and in particular his novel La parte inventada:
Aunque los dos libros que se exploran con más énfasis en la novela sean Cumbres borrascosas, de Emily Brontë, y Suave es la noche, de Francis Scott Fitzgerald, algunos capítulos parecen seguir el modelo de La contravida, de Philip Roth. (Jorge Carrión) (Translation) 
The reading of Wuthering Heights in El Punt-Avui (in Catalan) is finished.:
 Aleshores Heatchcliff va subornar l’enterramorts perquè, quan ell morís, desfés el taüt de Catherine i el seu, de manera que els dos cadàvers s’abracessin per l’eternitat. Aquesta és la història d’amor i mort que narra Cims borrascosos, però, al final de la novel·la, se n’esbossa una de feliç entre Catherine i Hareton. Passejant tranquil, Lockwood troba les tres làpides (les d’Edgar, Cathy, Heatchcliff) sobre el pendent de l’erm. I, escoltant la remor suau del vent que agita l’herba, es pregunta com hi pot haver algú que pensi que els qui dormen en aquella plàcida terra tinguin un son inquiet. Qui ho pot saber? (Imma Merino) (Translation)
A new chance to see the recent Montenegrin adaptation of Wuthering Heights in Tivat, Montenegro:
Purgatorije 2018 Festival
Orkanski Visovi
Scena Atrijum Buća
13.avg. 21:00h
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The song Sugar for the Pill from the band Slowdive was inspired by Wuthering Heights according to:
Pitchfork:
Slowdive singer-guitarist Neil Halstead guests on the latest episode of “Song Exploder,” the podcast where artists break down their songs and explain how they were made. He discussed “Sugar for the Pill” from their recent self-titled LP. Halstead delves into the song’s gestation, playing clips of a demo and explaining how he merged electronic and live drums, as well as filling his guitar with bubble wrap to control the feedback. He also draws parallels between the song’s themes and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, which he was reading around the time the song was written. Listen to the episode below and scroll down to hear the song. (Jazz Monroe)
FACT Magazine:
The singer/guitarist explains how he replaced live drums largely with electronic ones and fitted his guitar with bubble wrap as “filler” to limit feedback. He also says ‘Sugar for the Pill’ was inspired by Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, describing the song’s “wild Heathcliff quality.” (April Clare Welsh)

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Observer reviews Lily Cole's Balls short film:
Lily Cole: Balls review – what Heathcliff's mum did next
3 / 5 stars 3 out of 5 stars.   
Lily Cole’s moving short film is a fine addition to the Foundling Museum’s fascinating art collection. (...)
In Cole’s film, the white mother gets a white ball, which leads to a harrowing scene of farewell; the black mother gets a red ball and feels she is momentarily reprieved. But what will become of her baby son Heath remains a mystery, returning the viewer to the single line from Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights that precedes the film:
“But where did he come from, the dark little thing?”
The dark thing is Heathcliff, a foundling discovered on the streets of Liverpool (where this film has also been screened). It was the sight of London babies abandoned in this way that inspired the sea captain Thomas Coram to found his hospital for “exposed and deserted young children” in 1739. He walked for miles, gathering signatures to petition for a royal charter, a campaign that took more than 17 years. (Laura Cumming)
Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star reviews The Victorian and the Romantic by Nell Stevens:
The story then transitions into one of adventure. Mrs. Gaskell, having published a biography of her dear friend Charlotte Brontë, sails to Rome with two of her daughters to avoid critical reviews of her work. As she leaves gloomy England, she blossoms and becomes enchanted with the voyage south, ultimately becoming enamored with Charles Norton, a young American. Stevens details the pair’s exciting forays in and around Rome, as well as their expanding and deepening relationship. (David Arndt)
The Imaginative Conservative posts about evil art and evil in art:
Thus, for instance, Byron’s poetry beguiles us with the seductive pleasures of sin whereas Baudelaire revolts us with its ugliness. Baudelaire is paradoxically darker than Byron but he is much less sinful. Similarly Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is much darker in its depiction of impassioned and illicit love than the literary legion of titillating pulp fiction that glamourises adultery. Brontë’s novel horrifies us with the destructive consequences of selfish obsession masquerading as love; modern novels treat the same phenomenon as attractive and harmless pleasure-seeking. The former shames the devil, warning the reader of the dangers of selfishness; the latter does the devil’s dirty work, serenading us with the sensuality of lust. The former shows us Catherine and Heathcliff in their self-made hell; the latter places Paolo and Francesca in an adulterous heaven. The former uses the art of darkness to show us the truth; the latter the dark arts to weave a seductive lie. (Joseph Pearce)
Najdi (Slovenia) reviews the novel Istomesečniki by Svetlana  Slapšak:
Skupina žensk, sorodnic, prijateljic v romanu Istomesečniki Svetlane Slapšak rešuje, kar se rešiti da: svoje moške skrivajo pred naborom, skrbijo za begunce in bolne in zase med seboj, izgubljajo prijatelje in službe. Glavna junakinja Milica se preživlja kot tipkarica velikega nacionalnega pisca. Pri delu si daje duška s pisanjem svojega romana pod vplivom sester Brontë. (...)
Vrtove, ki to niso, brez ograj, brez dvorišč, steze brez ljudi, ribnike z ribami in račkami, glasove kosov in slavčkov, škrtanje peska. Angleški vrt. Zakaj angleški vrt? Zato ker je nasprotje francoskemu, geometrijskemu. Toda tudi med angleškimi vrtovi so geometrijski, sploh pa je vsak vrt z dišavnicami in zelišči geometrijski. Tudi vrt Srčne kraljice v Alici v deželi čudes je geometrijski. Vrt okoli kakšnega dvorca ali hiše ali župnišča. Resje v Yorkshiru, sestre Brontë. Toda to gotovo ni ta vrt, kajti njihova župnijska hiša, kakor ji jo je podrobno opisala Dara in podkrepila svoj opis s številnimi fotografijami, je bila nekaj sivega in depresivnega; obkrožena je bila s pokopališčem, ki je bilo preveliko za Haworth, mestece, v katerem so živele in skozi katerega središče je vodila ena sama “visoka” ulica, zelo strma, ta strmina pa je bila ključna za kontaminacijo vode, ki je tekla skozi pokopališče z nekdanjimi ravnimi nagrobnimi ploščami in mrliči, ki so bili naloženi drug čez drugega. V Haworthu so v prvi polovici devetnajstega stoletja umirali tako pogosto kot verjetno nikjer drugje v Angliji, dokler ni državna komisija odkrila vzroka za to, prepovedala ravne plitke grobove in uvedla stoječe nagrobne spomenike. Toda še vedno jih je v nekaj letih umrlo toliko, da je tudi to novo pokopališče postalo ogromno. Vse to je Milica, zelo ponosna na prebrano literaturo, vključila v svoje diplomsko delo; v ospredje je postavila romane Anne Brontë, ki je prva opisala junaka alkoholika in ženo, ki ji ni preostalo drugega, kot da pobegne od njega, ker se ni mogla ločiti. Posledica — ostareli asistent, znan pod vzdevkom Ogorek, jo je obtožil “feminističnega marksizma” ter odsotnosti omemb hermenevtike, imanentne poetike in postmodernizma. Dobila je oceno osem in namesto učiteljskega mesta v gimnaziji v glavnem iskala službe korespondentke za tuje jezike. Večinoma je prevajala nepomembna besedila. Dara, ki je vsako leto kot au pair prebila nekaj časa v Angliji in zato angleško govorila veliko bolje od nje, je končala organizacijo na akademiji za dramske umetnosti in se nekaj let, vse do vojne, obdržala na televiziji.Vrt, ki si ga je Milica zamislila, je spominjal na arboretum v Trstenu, pa še na tistega v Volčjem potoku pri Kamniku. Sovražni ozemlji. Takoj ko bo Goran odšel, bo vzela v roke Jane Eyre in jokala do zore. To ni Viharni vrh druge sestre. Samo pozitiven načrt, kako udomačiti moškega, z nujnimi poškodbami, do katerih prihaja v tem procesu. Ostaja seveda norica na podstrešju, ki konča v ognju, tako kot … požgano ognjišče. Najprej so napisali študijo o njej, jo spremenili v feministični akademski mit, potem pa še roman, ki pojasnjuje prvi zakon in njeno norost. Potem so seveda posneli še film, v katerem so razložili, kaj je bilo prej — prequel namesto sequela. Nekaj v zvezi s Sargaškim morjem in Timothyjem Daltonom, če se prav spominja …  (Translationa)
El Vocero de Puerto Rico (in Spanish) celebrates Emily Brontë:
Con una historia atormentada de amor y odio, de esos amores fatales que no se aplacan hasta después de reconciliarse como espíritus, surge póstumamente la novela romántica Cumbres borrascosas, en pleno siglo 19, escrita por Emily Brontë bajo el seudónimo de Ellis Bell, en tiempos cuando las mujeres tenían que reservarse para el dominio de los hombres exclusivamente, sin protagonismo en ningún lugar.
En un escabroso Yorkshire, entre una entramada bosquejidad llena de riscos y misterios, la novelista crea una trama sumida en la casa Cumbres borrascosas, guiada por la venganza, el abuso, la pasión, el rencor desmedido y el rechazo. De ese ambiente perturbado y embrujado aparentemente, nace uno de los grandes personajes de la literatura gótica universal de nombre Heathclliff. (Jorge Rodríguez) (Translation
La Nación (Argentina) interviews writer Jeffrey Eugenides:
Laura Ventura: El profesor Saunder en La trama nupcial considera que la novela ha alcanzado su máximo punto de expresión durante la era victoriana (con Jane Auster y las hermanas Brontë, entre otras). ¿Usted también lo cree?
J.E.: No. Hay motivos por los cuales Charles Dickens escribía el modo en el que lo hacía en su tiempo, o James Joyce en su momento. Sus escritos responden a lo que estaba pasando en el mundo. No hay una sola metodología y ninguna es superior a otra, siempre está cambiando y hay múltiples posibilidades para escribir. (Translation)
Página 12 (Argentina) explores the life and work of Joyce Carol Oates:
Tan cerca en todo momento siempre se ubica en este grupo de textos, de los que hay que excluir la saga gótica iniciada por Bellefleur (1980), que merece su propia nota. Estas cuatro nouvelles “sobre amores malogrados”, como dice su subtítulo, son prisma y una summa. “Mal de ojo”, la primera, es una variación sobre Barbazul. Marian, la nueva y joven esposa del macho alfa de turno, está vulnerable y frágil, atravesando un duelo. Entonces conoce a la “primera esposa” que llega de visita, una mujer de mundo, sofisticada pero marcada por ese hombre dominante. El detalle de una deformidad física que sólo la esposa joven percibe remite a los relatos de mujeres góticas acusadas de locas, desde la protagonista de “El empapelado amarillo” de Charlotte Perkins hasta Bertha Mason, la mujer encerrada de Jane Eyre. (Mariana Enriquez) (Translation) 
If Mermaids Wore Suspenders has recently read Charlotte Brontë's The Foundling ( super short fantasy!). JenaBrownWrites reviews My Plain Jane. The Sisters' Room posts about the Pillar and the Gun Portraits of the Brontës.
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Wuthering Heights as edited by Loewe:
Loewe Classics Set Multicolor
LOEWE Classics
Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes), Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert), Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad), Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë), Dracula (Bram Stocker), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde).

Box set of literary classics – published by LOEWE – with sleeves featuring archive photographs by Steven Meisel.
The books were originally created as part of LOEWE´s advertising campaign for Fall Winter 2018. In a series of alluring photographs, also shot by Meisel, the models and actor Josh O´Connor are gazed upon as they read the novels.
To mark this latest chapter in the ever-evolving partnership with Meisel, LOEWE has re-issued the six literary classics as a collectible box set. The hardbacks have been beautifully designed in the house look and feel, printed in their original language, and wrapped with sleeves fronted by thematically relevant images from Meisel´s archive. 
The New York Times adds:
The best escapes don’t always come by jet. They may be better located between the clothbound covers of one of the six literary classics that Loewe is publishing this month. The company gave each book, including “Dracula” and “Wuthering Heights,” a high-fashion makeover using iconic stills from the photographer Steven Meisel’s oeuvre. Consider the limited-edition set your official invite to clear your schedule for some quiet time.
Loewe Classics limited-edition book set, $590 at loewe.com, beginning Aug. 15.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Is the recent summer heatwave affecting Brontë country tourism? Keighley News investigates:
Rebecca Yorke, marketing and communications officer at Haworth’s Bronte Parsonage Museum, said: “It’s hard to tell if the weather this summer has had an effect on numbers of people visiting.
“With us being on the edge of the moors we benefit when it’s sunny, as people can combine a walk in the hills with a visit to the parsonage.
“But on the other hand we also benefit when it’s a bit cold and drizzly, as we’re an indoor attraction.” (Miran Rahman)
Big Issue North interviews Lily Cole:
Annabel Leydon: What’s the creative concept behind Balls?
L.C.: The film was a collaboration between the Foundling Museum, the Brontë Parsonage Museum, and the Rapid Response Unit, produced by Fury Films and timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë’s birth.
I took the male protagonist in Emily Brontë’s book Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff, as the starting point. In the book, Heathcliff was found as a child – so a foundling – in Liverpool in the late 18th century, so I used real archival materials from the 18th century to create a fictionalised account of his origins, based on real accounts of foundling babies and their parents at the time.
A.L.:Why did you film it in Liverpool?
L.C.: We filmed it in Liverpool because of the connection that Heathcliff has to Liverpool: found on the streets there in the late 18th century. We know that Branwell Brontë – Emily’s brother – visited Liverpool a few months before she wrote the book, and Liverpool was a hub of the slave trade and Irish emigration, so it’s likely she chose Liverpool as his origin to reference to social and racial tensions of the time.
A.L.:The Brontës used pseudonyms to gain credibility for their work. Have reactions like [Nick] Holland’s ever led you to consider doing the same?
L.C.: I was very tempted with this film – and a book I am writing – to publish under a pseudonym, as so often people judge works based on associations or assumptions they might already have about the author, and I wanted to be able to measure honest responses. But my producer persuaded me to use my own name!
She is also interviewed on The Times:
The book I’m reading
Educated by Tara Westover and The New Jerusalem by Patti Smith. Both arrived as gifts into my life, as often the best books do. Educated came from Westover’s literary agent, who happens to be my new literary agent, and it makes me feel very good about working with her because it’s a brilliant memoir. The New Jerusalem was a gift from Patti after we bonded over our shared love of Emily Jane Brontë and Wuthering Heights.
The Guardian interviews yet another writer, Sophie MacKintosh:
The book I’m most ashamed not to have read
I’ve never read Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, even though I know it’s exactly my aesthetic – gothic, intense and eerie.
SlateEntertainment Weekly and Post-Bulletin review the film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Start with a cast plucked straight from the halls of Downton Abbey, a love triangle representing the tension between city and country life, and lengthy discussions of literary staples like Charles Lamb and the Brontë sisters. (Marissa Martinelli)
Lily James stars in his adaptation of the bestselling 2008 novel as Juliet Ashton, a writer in post-WWII London who has found far more success writing housewifely fluff under a pseudonym than with her own work, which leans more toward critical biographies of lesser Brontë sisters. (Leah Greenblatt)
Bustle reminds us of how Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley met:
The super talented (and let's be honest, super hot) pair met on the set of the TV adaptation of literary classic Wuthering Heights back in 2009, reports Herald Scotland. Yep, they met playing actual Heathcliff and actual Cathy. Where is Kate Bush RN? Also, Emily Brontë is fully saying "aww" in her grave over this. (Aoife Hanna)
JSTOR Daily quotes the story of when Harriet Beecher Stowe 'saw' Charlotte Brontë's ghost:
So Stowe was perhaps primed when she saw “a cool headed clear minded woman” contact the spirit of Charlotte Brontë via planchette. She wrote to Eliot all about this extraordinary encounter with the writer they mutually admired, enumerating the specifics that in her mind made it clear it was not hoax. Eliot responded politely but skeptically, noting that it seemed “amazing” but also “enormously improbable.” (Amy Shearn)
The Weekend Australian on orphans in literature:
Orphans are everywhere in literature: Jane Eyre, Heathcliff, Oliver Twist, Daniel Deronda and onward­s to the present day. They obviously are useful to storytellers, particularly to the writers of children’s books, who naturally want their heroes to undertake adventures without the controlling eye of ordin­arily caring parents. (Philip Hensher)
Publishers Weekly presents Pat Barker's The Silence of the Girls:
Barker has a knack for capturing the voices of women in everyday life and says she sees the “immensely powerful grapevine between women” as a feature of women’s history—and a way to make progress. “You can view some Victorian novels as coded messages between women,” she says. “Jane Eyre is a notable example. Women have always had this capacity to convey support or intimation to other women. In cases of sexual harassment, that kind of oral grapevine should still be operating—particularly for young women.” (Hope Reese)
A librarian recommends Jane Eyre in The Daily Comet;  a giveaway from The Borough Press:
To be in with a chance of winning a signed book [I Am Heathcliff] from the dip, RT and reply to this thread with your favourite Wuthering Height's quote. You will also need to follow @BoroughPress so that we can DM you if you win. Competition closes 17th August. UK entries only.
Chicago Public Library publishes a reading list of Brontë readalikes for teens; The Books Perfume posts about Jane Eyre.